If you are on this page you likely want to avoid expensive dentist visits to whiten your teeth. Unfortunately, this is still the most effective way to whiten your teeth. But don’t despair as there are other options out there that are almost as good. In my opinion here are the best ways to whiten your teeth at home from most effective to least effective.
1.Custom whitening trays
Until recently this option required going to the dentist. The first thing the dentist needs to do to make a custom whitening tray is to make molds of your teeth. The custom whitening trays are then made on top of the molds of your teeth in a dental laboratory.
Now there are businesses on the internet that will send the material for you to make the molds yourself and then you send the molds back to them through the post. After a few days you get the custom whitening trays in the post along with the whitening bleach.
The great thing about using these online teeth whitening options is you only pay about a fifth of what you would be charged by the dentist! If you take good care of the whitening trays you can use them again as well. You can also get the whitening gels online cheaply when you run out of the gel that was sent with your custom whitening trays.
I believe the teeth whitening results from this option are practically as good as what I can achieve as a dentist.
The least expensive source I have found for online custom whitening trays is on amazon. Click here to see for yourself!
I have to be honest, when I was at dental school we were told the whitening toothpastes are useless and a total waste of money. I believed that to be true until quite recently when I used one of these products for myself.
My partner bought home a tooth whitening toothpaste that contained no peroxide and after brushing with it, my teeth were noticeably whiter. These toothpastes work by being quite abrasive and scrubbing the surface staining off the teeth.
I have also read in a journal that the peroxide containing toothpastes do have a mild, yet detectable whitening effect over time. I personally don’t think the peroxide containing toothpastes have strong enough peroxide and aren’t in the mouth long enough to be effective. But perhaps little by little they will whiten your teeth gradually.
Personally I would recommend a whitening toothpaste that works by surface abrasion rather than using peroxide or other chemicals for people who have surface staining from things like smoking and regular wine consumption. If the underlying color of the tooth is discolored as opposed to the surface of the tooth being stained, then I would choose a peroxide toothpaste and be patient as any improvement will take a long time.
There are other options for whitening your teeth touted on the market such as brushing with activated charcoal, wiping strawberries on your teeth and brushing peroxide on your teeth, but I believe they are ineffective or dangerous, so won’t waste your time discussing them in this article. I will update this page should I discover something that changes my mind!
To summarize, in my opinion by far the best way to whiten teeth at home is with custom whitening trays. If you are a smoker and have a lot of surface staining you might want to give one of the whitening toothpastes designed for smokers a go. I personally found that type of toothpaste surprisingly effective on my own teeth and I’m not even a smoker!